First of all as it is so close to Christmas, I would like to wish one and all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope you enjoy lots of delicious food and wine over the holiday. Foodie task for today? Black River Chocolate tasing. Its a hard life but someone’s got to do it :-). I mentioned about Black River Chocolate in my last blog as I met them at the BBC Good Food Show. They very kindly send me some samples to taste.
I was away for a couple of days so was very excited to open my chocolate parcel. It contained a box of pralines and a selection of 4 bars which consisted of Vanilla with 70% cocoa, Milk with 48% cocoa, Dark with 70% cocoa and Sugar Free with 70% cocoa. All these chocolates and bars are handmade in Belgium from a single source Jamaican cocoa.
I tried the pralines first. The box is beautifully presented with a striking black, green & yellow design to link into the national colours of Jamaica. I opened the box and a delicious cocoa aroma wafted up. Three of the pralines in particular tantalised my taste buds. The first was the Praline Coconut. This is a milk praline with coconut on the inside and dark chocolate on the outside, sprinkled with coconut. It has a lovely creamy coconut taste and the coconut adds to the texture. The second that I particularly enjoyed was the Praline with Nuts. Milk chocolate on the outside, shaped like half a walnut, filled with a praline and decorated with half a walnut. A delicious smooth nutty praline and the walnut just finishes it off beautifully. Finally for my favourite. This was the Granache with Raspberry. The filling was a soft cream ganache. Tangy with the raspberry yet sweet at the same time then coated with milk chocolate. It almost had a hint of the French Chambord wild raspberry liqueur.
The milk bar is a complex fusion of different flavours. A slightly nutty flavour with a strong cocoa hit from the 48% cocoa and a creamy finish. For fans of high quality dark chocolate, the vanilla bar provides an intense dark chocolate cocoa flavour with a subtle hint of vanilla and again a slightly nutty note to the overall flavour. This chocolate is perfect to be savoured with a cup of very decent coffee after a meal. Or you could eat it with some very full bodied red wine.
I haven’t tried the dark and the sugar free bars yet (there is only so much quality chocolate a girl can eat in one day) but I am sure I will not be disappointed.
You can buy the chocolate through their website www.blackriverchocolate.com although the bars are starting to appear in selected locations. They are also planning on opening a small shop in London soon which will also sell other items complimentary to their chocolate so watch their website for further news.